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The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll

The Particle at the End of the Universe

About the book

Published by One World Publications

It was the universe’s most elusive particle, the linchpin for everything scientists dreamed up to explain how physics works. It had to be found. But projects as big as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider don’t happen without incredible risks – and occasional skullduggery. In the definitive account of this landmark event, Caltech physicist and acclaimed science writer Sean Carroll reveals the insights, rivalry, and wonder that fuelled the Higgs discovery, and takes us on a riveting and irresistible ride to the very edge of physics today.

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About the author

Sean Carroll is the author of the critically acclaimed From Eternity to Here and a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. After receiving his PhD from Harvard, he pursued his research at MIT, the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago, and his papers on dark matter, dark energy, the physics of extra dimensions, and alternative theories of gravity have been widely praised and published in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature. He is also a co-founder of Cosmic Variance (, named one of the top five science blogs by Nature, and a TV presenter.

The judges said:

This book allows you to imagine the unimaginable. It’s the story of scientific discovery from start to end. It stands out as the best telling of an extraordinary tale, speaking to people who are not scientists.